Travel without travel - in Tokyo! August 28 2013
We have not been able to travel this summer since we wanted to spend most of our time at home with Coco so we asked Lisa in Tokyo to share what would be her ideal day in the city where she lives and works. Enjoy!
--------------Hello! I hope this love letter finds you all enjoying the end of August! Yes, it’s the month of vacation in many places of the world and today I’m sharing a little story from where I live: Tokyo, Japan. I am excited to be a part of this month’s inspiring Baum-kuchen theme… "Travel without travel”.
A perfect retreat day
I once read “Everything else but things you TRUELY LOVE is all just ‘noise’ distracting you.” So I decided that I would only let myself be around with what I TRULY LOVE in Tokyo on the retreat day.
The area where I live with my husband in Tokyo is called Shibuya. Probably it is the top 5 busiest spots of cities around the world. If I had a choice I would not pick such a place to settle because I personally appreciate a slower, more nature oriented (beach! greens!) down to earth environment, but at some moments in life you just have to cope with what you are given with, right?
One of the advantages I enjoy though in living in the heart of the city is that I am finding Tokyo to be actually a pretty “small” city, physically speaking. It is “big” in context, but the size? Not so much. It is amazing how this small space concentrates variations of cultures and gems with such intensity. In an environment like this, bicycling is a perfect means of transportation to get around! Not only from an accessibility standpoint but it allows you to be away from the stressful crowdedness (getting caught in traffic, squished in the over-populated train, not being able to move by bumping into so many people), and on bike you can get to almost everywhere in the city! And not to mention, it gives you a very good exercise.
I find it rejuvenating to ride through the city and be exposed to feel the wind, breathe in the nature in the air, and witness subtle yet beautiful changing seasons on the road when and where you least expect it, even in a concrete jungle like Tokyo.
Food for your body & soul
I started my morning with my Pilates class just around 3min. ride on my bike in the neighborhood area called Nakameguro.
What's more though (and apart from the DELICIOUS apple cake!), after some good Pilates exercise it is truly intriguing how I become so tuned and accessible to my true voice that I’m often not conscious of in everyday life occasions. With thoughts and feelings flowing out even under my subconscious. It becomes quality time to reflect and rejuvenate and I often get lost a good few hours contemplating as well as doodling about life.
Breathing in the season
I ADORE this place! They are distinct in the style they carry their flowers and plants…always illustrating the season on their own way. Such a remedy and soothing experience for me to just be here.
Ending my day, a full retreat day, I came to realize that I can totally “travel without traveling” on a regular basis in my everyday life. Out of the crazy busy days where my time is sliced thin and life is stretched through what I am to get done, a day to just soak myself in a moment of solid time, experiencing only what I truly value and enjoy was as if I have taken some step back from the routine and everything that I am occupied with. All without physically being away.
You might not need to physically travel to destinations necessarily, to retreat, refresh, discover, release, reflect, rediscover and restart again with fresh eyes or maybe at least with slightly different angles on your life. It might be, at the end, all that traveling is about, right? I highly recommend trying out your own version of “travel without traveling”!
So thanks to Wakako for the opportunity to spend a perfect retreat day in the middle of all that’s going on! I couldn’t ask for better timing when I do not have the luxury of time to fly out on a vacation!
BASI Pilates - Nakameguro studio
Cafe: レガーロ白金台 (Legalo shira kane dai)
adjacent to Bookoff Shirogane-dai
Shibuya grocery store: Shibuya Tokyu Plaza
Shibuya kitchenware: Shibuya Tokyu Plaza
Kyoto style noodle: Muginbou